Veteran roller back on the job

Trevor Smallbone reports that it was 50 years ago last October, that Ran Hawthorne used his Fowler roller “Busy Bee” to roll in the Bridle Path in Woodcote, as before it was no more than a gravel track.

Fowler Busy Bee rolling The Bridle Path Woodcote 20th October 1962 - click to enlarge

Fowler Busy Bee rolling The Bridle Path Woodcote 20th October 1962 – click to enlarge

In the article, it’s nice to see is the little lad on the footplate next  to Brusher Sparks  is our Membership Secretary Richard Hawthorne! Ran is hanging on the back with John Hawthorne standing on the Scarfier.

Busy Bee rolling the Bridle Path. On the left hand side is where Co-Op is now located.

Busy Bee rolling the Bridle Path. On the left hand side is where Co-Op is now located.

Fowler Busy Bee with Brusher Sparks driving

“Brusher” Sparkes at the controls

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2 Responses to Veteran roller back on the job

  1. robert cox says:

    Well done Trevor, it’s good to see an engine working. Not like the sterile engines of today being used as toys.

  2. richard poole says:

    And I thought Richard H was still in his Forties!

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